Cappen Varra, sophisticated troubador from the sunny cities of Croy, never planned to be at sea on an open longship at midwinter, with a bunch of scruffy Northern barbarians. He also never planned to meet a troll.
Poul Anderson wrote science fiction and fantasy with equal facility. In this 1957 story we see some of his love for his Norse heritage and some of his sense of humor. Cappen Varra would later return, in the Thieves' World shared universe anthologies.